I chose the handheld because the CamelBak is too impractical for an average LSD, and I refuse to succumb to a hydration belt. The QuickDraw Plus features a 22-ounce bottle, a wicking hand strap and a pocket just big enough for my regular keychain (I pare down for most runs) or perhaps a gel pack or two.
Getting used to the additional (and off-balance) arm weight took a couple miles. The hand strap is nice because I don't have to actually hold the water bottle. I can relax my hand. My big mistake though was loading up the bottle with ice. Can anyone say numb hand? And after five miles, the ice was completely gone anyway.
I still don't really care to carry anything with me when I run, but unfortunately my body seems to need water if I run more than eight miles. Go figure.
My most common route has plenty of water fountains, but it's also only four miles one way. Now, I've done a 20-miler there, but as you might imagine the scenery gets kind of monotonous. The handheld gives me the freedom to explore other, less hydrated routes. And it doesn't make me look like a total douche jockey.
Booze Hound rating: 3 fingers, neat
[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hound rating system is based on a good pour. Up to five fingers, either "on the rocks" or "neat." If you can't figure out what's good and what's bad, you need to spend more time drinking.]
Last night, I completed Week 3 of the Prove Nitmos Is an Idiot Stretchy-Band Challenge. I'm starting to feel like it might be time to graduate to the "intermediate" level, because this beginner routine is getting wimpy. The intermediate program calls for two days each of the Day 1 and Day 2 exercises. So to be clear, that will be Day 1 one and two and Day 2 one and two. I don't know if there are that many days in the week.
[Drunkard's note: If you're late to the party, this challenge is in response to Nitmos's Ode to Stretchy Bands.]